The autumn term
Over the course of this half term, our topic will be ‘Playlist’. In this topic, we will be journeying through the valley of sound, finding out the different sounds we can create with a variety of instruments and looking at some amazing artists!
Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods. This year we will be the first pupils to undertake the new government multiplication test, so we will be ensuring we get lots of practice at home and school.
English is taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 4 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real-life context.
Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions.
Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.